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Preserving Private Libraries at Leo Baeck Institute

Thanks to a generous grant of The Cahnman Foundation, the LBI Library is creating virtual inventories of three complete private German-Jewish libraries.


Library Collection Development Policy

I. Introduction The purpose of this policy is to define subject areas for collection development, and to determine how intensely we will collect in each area. The policy will be used to guide our decisions in purchasing, accepting donations and weeding. A. Objectives The mission of the library remains to ...


Digitization at the LBI Library

“Aleph-Bet” by Ze’ev Raban, ill. Levin Kipness on the cradle in the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory at the Center for Jewish History. The Leo Baeck Institute is continually making its library collections more accessible by digitizing important parts of our collection which are in the public domain. The digitization projects ...


George Salter (1897-1967): The Library of Book Designs

This collection of almost books, book covers, and individual graphic designs shows the scope and development of the eclectic design talent of George Salter. George Salter is recognized as one of the most creative forces in modern book design. His innovative work, done for publishers during the Weimar Republic, produced ...


LBI Materials in Other Portals

Compact Memory The portal Compact Memory of the Judaica Collection at the University Library of Frankfurt features about 300 Jewish newspapers and journals of German speaking areas of the years 1768–1938. These periodicals represent the complete religious, political, social, literary and academic spectrum of the Jewish community and the “Science ...


A Visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach

This June, I visited the German Literature Archive in Marbach (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach – DLA), where I gave a talk about traces of emigrant libraries in the collections of the LBI and spent a week learning about the activities and holdings of the leading repository of sources related to German-language ...


Further Jewish History Resources

Partners of the Center for Jewish History American Jewish Historical Society American Sephardi Federation Yeshiva University Museum YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Archives, Libraries, and Museums American Jewish Archives , Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee , Archives of the JDC Archive at the Centre for ...

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Our collections are at the heart of our mission to preserve the German-Jewish past and to keep that past present for future generations. The majority of the collections were entrusted to LBI by individuals, families, and organizations seeking a safe permanent home for materials they had saved from plunder and ...



Access to the Digitized Periodicals of the Leo Baeck Institute The entire periodicals collection of the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute consists of nearly 1,600 titles, covering all fields of German Judaica. The rich holdings include early titles from the Enlightenment period of the late 18th century, an abundance ...


Aufbau (New York, NY)

Aufbau was a journal for German-speaking Jews around the globe. It was founded in 1934 by the German-Jewish Club which was later renamed the New World Club and published in New York until April 2004. Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, and Stefan Zweig wrote for the publication. The original ...

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